Fort Worth (CBSDFW.COM) – With time until North Texas sees its first major winter event of the season, local mechanics are urging drivers to prepare their cars before hitting the roads in the weather.
Chris Hodge, director of the Downtown Auto and Tire Service Center, tells CBS 11 News to check your car’s fluids.
“You always want to make sure it’s covered in oil, transmission fluid,” Hodge said.
He said to make sure your windshield wipers are working check to see if the edges aren’t torn and have a strong battery. Freezing temperatures can drain its potency.
Hodge also said that to check your car’s coolant, “You really want to pay attention to your hoses, make sure you do a hydrometer test on your cooling systems, and check for freezing points, as the coolant starts to break down, and starts creating voltage that can eat your hoses.” From the inside out.”
When it comes to your tires, experts say to keep them between 30-35 psi and to check the tread.
If the tread is too low, it’s time to change it.
Inside your car, AAA urges you to keep jumper cables and an emergency kit in your car just in case you get stranded on the road.
“Make sure you have extra hats, gloves, and blankets just in case you’re stranded and you don’t want to run out of fuel either, so you’re making sure you stay warm in there but don’t start the engine if you can,” said Daniel Armbruster, a spokesperson for AAA Texas.
When you start your car, Armbruster reminds people not to start their cars in their garage.
“You never want to warm a car in an enclosed area like a garage of course. You could have carbon monoxide poisoning. There is a possibility of that and you wouldn’t want to leave it unattended outside either because we are seeing an increase in so-called warm-up thefts.”
During slippery conditions, Armbruster urges drivers not to apply the brakes, but instead to pump them if you are trying to stop your car.
“If you find yourself losing control or skidding avoid applying brakes, try to remain as calm as possible and look and steer in the direction you want the car to go.”
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